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NORTH EAST

FEBRUARY - 2017

In this issue

With a little

IMAGINATION What to do with your spare room?

Selling Tips Preparing your home to sell

Update Your Home On a budget

YOUR UNIQUE GUIDE TO PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN AND AROUND THE NORTH EAST


Darlington: Meynell Road, DL3 0QR, 01325 285 295

Morpeth: Coopies Way, NE61 6JN, 01670 503 100

Durham: 7A Cathedral Park, DH1 1TF, 0191 384 9600

Newcastle: Boyd Street, NE2 1AP, 0191 230 4488

Middlesbrough: 2 Newport South Business Park, TS1 5JU, 01642 244 099

Sunderland: Roker Avenue, SR6 0BA, 0191 567 4023


Welcome to Property Talk, the leading property magazine for the North East. Property Talk brings together a selection of some of the best homes for sale and rent across the region, presented by the

IN THIS ISSUE

areas leading estate agents.

24 We also showcase some of the fabulous homes being built in exciting new-build developments near you. You will also find articles from leading home and interior experts that will be of interest to any home owner, but particularly those who are on the move and in the process of buying and selling a property. Whether you have just moved into a brand new place and want to put your own stamp on it or are getting your property into tip-top shape ready to put it on the market, you will find inspiration here.

SELLING

Preparing your home to sell. Tips on ‘wowing’ potential buyers.

34 Updating your home on a budget

40 With a little imagination. Bringing dead space to life.

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PROPERTY TALK 3


SHILDON

Thornhill Close, DL4 Great home in a wonderful location this 4 bedroom detached family home situated in Shildon. Viewing is a must to appreciate a home offering amazing comfortable living and convenience with simplicity. £150,000

NORTH SHIELDS

Purbeck Close, NE30 Lovely mid terraced house with garden and garage offering open plan living and 3 good sized bedrooms in a great residential area with the added advantage of backing onto a village green. Viewing is a must! £149,950

Salisbury Avenue, NE29 Situated within Preston Village this is an ideal first time buy or investment. First floor flat with 2 good sized bedrooms, a large open plan living and dining area. There is a fitted kitchen and newly installed bathroom.

Deanham Gardens, NE5 Close to local shops, and with easy access into Newcastle this is a great location. A well presented ground floor flat with two good sized bedrooms this is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to get on the property ladder.

£99,950

NORTH SHIELDS

£86,950

NEWCASTLE


GATESHEAD

Watt Street, NE8 A stunning 2 bedroom ground floor flat with garage which must be viewed to appreciate. Offering quick and easy access to the A1, Team Valley & Metrocentre. Close to local amenities. £79,950

WALLSEND

Limekiln Court, NE28 **REDUCED** Offered with no onward chain. A two bedroom flat situated in Wallsend, offering comfortable living and convenience. Ideally located for access to the local bus and metro service and access to the major road links for the commute. £67,495

Tanfield Street, SR4 Priced to sell. Great investment or first time buy. Ideally placed for employees of Sunderland General Hospital as well as for access to local amenities including transport services, shops, and road links. GUIDE PRICE £60,000 - £70,000

SUNDERLAND

Dryden Court, NE9 Located in Low Fell close to local amenities including shops and local transport inks. Situated within private grounds and offering secure and safe living. Viewing recommended to appreciate the benefits of this property. GUIDE PRICE £52,000 - £59,950

GATESHEAD


CRAMLINGTON

Otley Close, NE23 We offer to the market a lovely two bedroom ground floor flat in Eastfield Green. This welcoming home benefits from a private rear garden as well as a single garage. ASKING PRICE £80,000

SUNDERLAND

Cresswell Terrace Sunderland SR2 A property that will appeal to the investor and private buyer alike. Situated within walking distance of Sunderland City Centre and The Bridges Shopping Centre, transport services as well as access to the major road links. £185,000

NEWCASTLE

Barmoor Drive, NE3 This is a stunning 5 bedroom house on the very desirable “Melbury” side of Great Park in Gosforth. With excellent public transport links you are ten minutes from the Gosforth High St, and less than 30 minutes to the centre of Newcastle. There is also easy access to the A1, making it an ideal base for anyone needing to regularly travel North or South of Newcastle. Surrounding schools are excellent, and a 5 minute walk takes you to a children’s play park and a lovely green space; ideal for those of you with children and/or dogs. OIEO £400,000


Church Close, NE13

NEWCASTLE

Washington Terrace, NE30 Due to popularity of this property we have buyers waiting in the area, therefore similar properties are urgently required to meet the demand. Call now for your free valuation. SOLD SUBJECT TO CONTRACT

The bungalow has been completely refurbished to a very high standard. To the front of the house there is a large newly paved driveway and lawn with a single garage. The spacious living room leads through to a fantastic newly fitted kitchen which has a contemporary style. Double doors open out to the large South facing garden, which has been very well landscaped to include two decked areas. There are two good sized bedrooms and a impressive shower room/ wet room, a new central heating system, quality flooring, chrome sockets and switches, and well-designed spot lighting all further enhance this very attractive home. ÂŁ215,000

Elmtree Gardens, NE25 A great buy, located in a well-established residential area close to good schools and the bustling centre of Whitley Bay. Spacious both inside and out with 3 good sized bedrooms and a large garden. Ideal for family life. ÂŁ159,950

NORTH SHIELDS

WHITLEY BAY


MORPETH

Monmouth Court, NE61 If location is important to you, Widdrington ticks many boxes. Monmouth Court is just off Mile Road tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac. If you did want a family day out the City Centre is 26 miles away. The beautiful and historic town’s of Alnwick and Morpeth are just 16.6 miles & 6.7 miles away respectively, with Amble only 7.7 miles to the North and you don’t have to go that far, if you want to get some sand between your toes the nearest beach is Druridge Bay just 3 miles away by road. A deceptively spacious bungalow which has been extended to the rear to provide a fantastic entertainment and leisure facility. An ideal space for entertaining having use of the games room, swimming pool, steam room and a shower room/ w.c. A great house for parties and entertaining but also for relaxing, briefly comprising of 5 bedrooms,

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2 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms. Externally there is a double garage and large driveway for multi vehicle parking. To the rear is a large plot which has a bit of everything; a patio, lawned garden, wooded areas, stream, pond, berry orchard and a duck house and pen which could be used for chickens too. A property that is sure to appeal to a variety of buyers. Viewing is recommended to appreciate this unique property.

Buyer Price Enquiry Range £465,000 - £540,000


Shearwater, SR6

SUNDERLAND

A four bedroom detached property in the sought after coastal village of Whitburn offering easy access to Sunderland and South Shields. Ideally located for local beaches and coastal walks with the nature reserve close by. Close to local amenities including well regarded schools including Whitburn Academy and local transport services. The property is situated on a good sized plot whilst internally offering well proportioned room sizes. Externally the front garden is laid to lawn and there is a single garage and driveway for multi vehicle parking. To the rear there is both lawn area and decked seating area.

£340,000

Hartington Road, NE30 Ideally located for well regarded schools. Offering a ready to move into home, maintained to a high standard. Off street parking for multi vehicles and a south facing garden and within walking distance of the beach.

Albion Street, NE10 No onward chain, 3 bedroom detached bungalow which offers comfortable and secure living, double garage, driveway and garden. Ideally located for local amenities. Viewing recommended.

£180,000

NORTH SHIELDS

£280,000

GATESHEAD


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Royal Court, Sunderland £650 pcm (fees apply) iMove Lettings are pleased to offer this very spacious and immaculately presented two bedroom flat. The flat is situated in the Royal Courts area surrounded by private gates. The property is very close to the City Centre and has local amenities nearby. Due to the quality of property on offer and the area we anticipate great demand for this house.

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EXPERT LOCAL PROPERTY AGENT TYNEMOUTH & WHITLEY BAY I thoroughly enjoy this business. Firstly, it involves talking to people and I love that! But secondly, it involves promoting the area in which I live and absolutely love. I’ve been privileged to live by the coast for the past 16 years and have fallen in love with the area and everything it has to offer. My four children have grown up here and have taken advantage of everything on offer from fantastic schools, surfing lessons and tennis to rugby, ice skating and street dance. There’s nothing nicer than a walk on the beach after a hard day at work to blow away the cobwebs or, popping along to one of the many restaurants along the coast. I can not imagine wanting to live anywhere else and I want to be able to help other people experience the lifestyle that is on offer here in this lovely part of the North East.

VICTORIA JACKSON

EXPERT LOCAL PROPERTY AGENT GOSFORTH, KINGSTON PARK, HAZELRIGG Originally from Jesmond I’ve also lived in High Heaton and Longbenton before deciding to settle in Gosforth in 2007. This really is a fantastic place to live! My children benefit from the high performing local schools, with Gosforth Academy coming 8th in the top performing schools in the North East for GCSE results in 2015! What we love most about living in Gosforth is the flexibility of the location. Travelling for less than 30 minutes can take us to the beautiful Northumberland countryside or our stunning North East coast. On a sunny day there’s nothing better than a stroll through Gosforth Park followed by a relaxed afternoon or evening sitting in the beer garden at the Brandling Arms or The County. To me, promoting the area and the lifestyle is just as important as promoting the features of a property. I’m passionate about where I live and I look forward to using that to help you with your next move.

SARAH ANNIS

EXPERT LOCAL PROPERTY AGENT INGLEBY BARWICK, THORNABY & STOCKTON-ON-TEES In May 2000 I fell in love with Teesside and made the decision to make Ingleby Barwick home. I’m still passionate about the area and now I get to enjoy it with my husband and our football mad son. Weekends are spent with football for the boys, lovely food and wine in one of the many restaurants or pubs, a family trip to Saltburn-by-theSea for fish & chips & a Lemon Top or a walk up Rosebery Topping with our crazy family dog to take in the views and blow the cobwebs away. My favourite though, has to be the short stroll from my doorstep to enjoy the peace and quiet by the River Tees, that or a day at Rockliffe Hall Spa! All that aside, the choice of top performing schools, universities, sports facilities, major rail and road links make it a great place to live and a great place to enjoy life. I’m now making it my mission to offer 100% commitment to sell your house, stress free, leaving you to enjoy life!

SHIRLEY HARRISON

EXPERT LOCAL PROPERTY AGENT LOW FELL & GATESHEAD I moved to Gateshead 10 years ago, and quickly realised what a lovely place it is to live and call home. On a sunny summer’s morning Saltwell Park is my favorite place to be, with the peace and tranquility before many visitors arrive. Outside of work I really enjoy socialising, cooking and entertaining with friends and family. I love to keep fit by walking, cycling and working out at the gym. I also have a passion for property and a desire to help others. I’ve built my reputation by providing sound honest advice, roll all that together and I would like nothing more than to help you to get to where you want to go. I do enjoy chatting to people, so I look forward to talking to you or calling around to meet you soon.


DANIELLE STEPHENSON

EXPERT LOCAL PROPERTY AGENT SOUTH SHIELDS I’ve lived in South Shields all my life and love it here; I know the area like the back of my hand, This fantastic area has a lot to offer, award-winning beaches, coastal walks, parks, attractions as well as incredible music concerts and summer festivals. I enjoy going for food at the Rattler and listening to the live bands. We are lucky enough to have the Great North Run finish line here, there is always a great atmosphere and I always go down to cheer everyone on. One of my favourite places is Marsden Rock (voted one of the UK’s top 25 hidden gems), and walking the dog along The Leas, a two-mile coastal route managed by the National Trust. Because I’m so passionate about the area and what I do, you can be sure of my dedicated personal and knowledgeable service. I look forward to assisting you in the future.

RACHEL LENG

JANE LONGSTAFF

EXPERT LOCAL PROPERTY AGENT CLEADON, WHITBURN, ROKER & BOLDON I’m an incredibly enthusiastic person with a particular passion for property. In fact, I would go so far as to describe myself as a property geek! Why do I feel like this? Simple! I was born and bred in the area and to me, home is a refuge and a haven, home truly is where the heart is. I love taking long walks along Cleadon Hills and having icecream with my family on our beautiful beaches. I appreciate the north east and all it has to offer. I’ve worked in people focussed roles all my life so I understand the need to communicate and deliver a great service. I am proactive and passionate about matching the right people to the right home. I’m a genuine person with a real interest in helping others and that is why I’m here, to help you sell your property and perhaps help you find your next new home.

YOKO GODDARD

EXPERT LOCAL PROPERTY AGENT DURHAM DH1 Working as an expert local property agent allows me to combine two of my passions - property and people. I have lived in the Durham area all my life and love everything the area has to offer, from the amazing restaurants, access to shops and the great walks I can do with my 4 dogs. I pride myself on my customer service and as someone who has bought and sold my own houses, I know how important this is and how disappointing it can be if done badly. My goal is to make your selling experience as easy and stress free as possible and I will personally guide you through the process from start to finish without the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday boundaries you would get from traditional estate agents.

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Hillcrest, Middle Herrington, Sunderland

ÂŁ279,950

Eight Estates is delighted to bring to the market this beautifully presented FOUR bedroom semi-detached property in Middle Herrington. Greatly extended from it’s original configuration, this home provides superb and spacious living accommodation with amazing outdoor space.


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EARDULPH AVENUE, CHESTER LE STREET

DRYBURN ROAD, DURHAM

PRICE: £239,950

PRICE: £239,950

Superb Location

Extended 4 Bed Semi Detached House

4 Bed Semi Detached Family Home

2 Reception Rooms

2 Reception Rooms

Kitchen / Breakfast Room

Large Rear Garden

White Goods built into Kitchen

Drive & Garage

Bathroom with Bath & Shower

In Need of Full Modernisation

Good Sized Garage

MIDDRIDGE ROAD, DURHAM

BRACKENFELL COTTAGE, WALDRIDGE VILLAGE

PRICE: £320,000

PRICE: £365,000

Stunning 5 Bed Detached House

Unique 4 Bed Detached Family Home

3 Reception Areas

Stunning Stone Work

Family Conservatory

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Exquisite Private Gardens

2 Reception Rooms

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Family Conservatory

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HERMITAGE GARDENS, CHESTER LE STREET

THE DAIRY, NORTH WALBOTTLE

PRICE: £369,950

PRICE: £475,000

Four Bed Detached Family Home

Stunning & Unique Barn Conversion

Four Double Bedrooms

Open Plan Lounge/Diner/ Kitchen

En Suite to Master

Double Garage

• Kitchen with Range Oven and Central Island

Sun Room

Range of Appliances Included

EPC rating D

Oak Flooring to Most Rooms

Under Floor Heating

SANDIACRE, ROWLANDS GILL

WOODSIDE, WALDRIDGE

PRICE: £475,000

PRICE: £950,000

• Detached Bungalow & Approx 1 Acres of Land

Modern Mansion With 7 Bedrooms

Possible Development Opportunity

• Set In Private Grounds With Electric Gated Access

Gardens to All Sides

Luxurious Fitments Throughout

Dual Access Points

Bespoke Solid Oak Gull Wing Staircase

Double & Single Garages

Mature Grounds

Fantastic Location

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WHITBURN ROAD, CLEADON, SUNDERLAND

• Detached • 4 / 5 Bedrooms • Living Room • Dining Room

VALEBROOK GARDENS, ASHBROOKE, SUNDERLAND

• 4 Bedroom • Terrace House • Original and Period Features • Living Room

TREVARREN DRIVE, RYHOPE, SUNDERLAND

• Detached House • Extended • 4 Bedrooms • Living Room

SUNNISIDE LANE, CLEADON, SUNDERLAND

• House • 2 Bedrooms • Living Room • Dining / Sitting / GF 3rd Bedroom

PRICE: £699,950

• Extensive Gardens • Leisure Suite • Viewing Advised • EPC Rating: D

PRICE: £249,950

• Dining Room/ Sitting Room • Kitchen / Breakfast Room • Garage & Off Street Parking • EPC Rating D

PRICE: £194,950

• Dining Room • Garden Room • Bathroom & En Suite • EPC Rating: C

PRICE: £329,950

• Kitchen / Dining Room • Cleadon Village • Viewing Advised • EPC Rating: D

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QUEEN ALEXANDRA ROAD, BARNES, SUNDERLAND

• Detached House • 3 Bedrooms • Living Room • Dining / Garden Room

PRINCE GEORGE AVENUE, FULWELL, SUNDERLAND

• Semi Detached House • Extended • 5 Bedrooms • Living Room

NEWLANDS AVENUE, OFF CROSSLEA AVENUE, SUNDERLAND

• Dutch Bungalow • 3 Bedrooms • Living / Dining Room • Kitchen / Breakfast Room

MEADOW VIEW, EAST HERRINGTON, SUNDERLAND

• Detached House • 4 Bedrooms • Living / Dining Room • Kitchen / Breakfast Room

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4 Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, SR1 1QX

PRICE: £385,000

• Corner Plot • Gym / Home Office • Detached Garage • EPC Rating: E

PRICE: £245,000

• Kitchen / Family Room • 2 Bathrooms • Superb Property • EPC Rating: C

PRICE: £245,000

• Superb Property • Bathroom & Shower Room • Immaculate Home • EPC Rating: D

PRICE: £225,000

• Bathroom & En Suite • Garage & Gardens • No Chain Involved • EPC Rating: D PROPERTY TALK 21


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WHITBURN HALL, WHITBURN, SUNDERLAND

• Apartment • First Floor • 2 Bedrooms • Living / Dining Room

QUEEN ALEXANDRA ROAD, ASHBROOKE, SUNDERLAND

• Detached Bungalow • Living Room • Kitchen / Dining Room • Garden Room

HILLSIDE GARDENS, TUNSTALL, SUNDERLAND

• Semi Detached House • 3 Bedrooms • Living Room • Dining Room

FULBROOKE CLOSE, SUNDERLAND

4 Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, SR1 1QX

PRICE: £270,000

• Kitchen / Breakfast Room • Sun Room / Reception Room • Bathroom & En Suite • EPC Rating: D

PRICE: £425,000

• 3 Bedrooms • Detached Garage • Gardens • EPC Rating D

PRICES FROM: £192,500

• Immaculate House • Garage & Gardens • Viewing Advised • EPC Rating: D

PRICE: £315,000

• Detached House • Living Room • Dining Room • Family Room

• Kitchen / Breakfast Room • Bathroom & 2 En Suites • Double Garage • EPC Rating: C

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LEECHMERE ROAD, TUNSTALL, SUNDERLAND

• Semi Detached House • 3 Bedrooms • Living / Dining Room • Kitchen / Breakfast Room

CROSSLEA AVENUE, TUNSTALL, SUNDERLAND

• Semi Detached Bungalow • Dutch Style • 3 Bedrooms • Living Room

MEADOW COURT, WHITBURN

PRICE: £169,950

• Garage & Gardens • No Chain Involved • Immaculate Property • EPC Rating: D

PRICE: £249,950

• Sitting Room or 4th Bedroom • Kitchen / Dining Room • Garage & Gardens • EPC Rating: D

PRICES FROM £259,156

• New Development

• Superb Location

• 9 New Builds

• Range of Houses

• Help To Buy

• Currently Under Construction

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SELLING

by Carly Wilson


Clear the garden of junk, old furniture, toys and plants that are past their best. Trim lawns.

Look for any cracked paving, crumbling steps, broken decking or peeling paint. Pressure wash dirty patios. A fresh coat of paint on windows and doors and bright new potted plants will have a positive impact on potential buyers.


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FOR SALE Gilpin Street, Houghton Le Spring Guide Price £78,000

FOR SALE The Old Brewery, Houghton Le Spring Offers Over £110,000

*** SEMI DETACHED HOME *** DSS WELCOME *** GAS CENTRAL HEATING *** FRONT AND REAR GARDEN *** VIEWING ADVISED *** Vara Estates welcome to the market this two-bedroom property, the property briefly comprises Lounge, Kitchen, down stairs w.c, to the first floor two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property benefits from gas central heating and double glazing. Viewing is advised.

*** PLANNING PERMISSION FOR TWO FLATS *** GAS CENTRAL HEATING *** DOUBLE GLAZING *** GARAGE *** THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS *** QUIET LOCATION *** *** FOR SALE BY AUCTION **** Vara Estates Welcome to the market this three bedroom end terrace house. A fantastic family home or great investment offered with planning permission to convert into two flats. The property briefly comprises, Entrance Hallway, Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen Diner, Utility Room, Down Stairs W.C, Garage. Stairs to the first floor leading to, Two Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom. Stairs to the Master Bedroom. The property benefits from gas central heating and double glazing. Viewing is advised. Plans available on request.

*** TERRACE HOME *** DSS WELCOME *** GAS CENTRAL HEATING *** OFF STREET PARKING *** VIEWING ADVISED *** Vara Estates welcome to the market this two-bedroom mid terraced property. The property is situated in the popular area of Hetton Le Hole. The property briefly comprises, Lounge, Dining room, Kitchen, Bathroom, To the first-floor access to two bedrooms with ensuite to master. The property benefits from gas central heating and double glazing. Viewing advised.

*** NO ONWARD CHAIN *** SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT *** GAS CENTRAL HEATING *** DOUBLE GLAZING *** ALLOCATED PARKING *** COMMUNAL GARDENS *** LOCAL AMENITIES *** Vara Estates Welcome to the market this two bedroom apartment located in Houghton Le Spring. The property briefly comprises, Lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and family bathroom. The Property benefits from gas central heating and double glazing. Externally Secure parking and communal gardens. Viewing advised.

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Giving your home a new look doesn’t have to cost a fortune, with trends changing seasonally every little saving and tip can be a huge help. Here is a few easy tips on how to spruce up different rooms in your house without breaking the bank. Living Room The key to easily changing the theme of a room is to start off with a clean slate. Keep your walls and floor a staple colour, such as a stone beige or soft blue, use materials and furnishings that can be paired with as many other complimenting colours and patterns as possible. If your couch doesn’t have a jarring pattern, pile on cushions then swap out the covers whenever you feel like an update. Similarly, throws and rugs are another great way to layer a chosen design throughout the room. Use cheap seasonal accents in the run-up to holidays as opposed to buying a whole new range of decorations each year. For Easter: place a basket of decorative eggs on the coffee table, and pair it with animal furnishings throughout spring. An additional way to update your living room is by adding crown moulding. There are companies, such as So Simple Crown, that create a polystyrene foam trim coated in hard plaster. It cuts easily and will go up quickly and securely

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without the need for specialised tools; much easier and cheaper than the alternative. Kitchen Changing the look of your kitchen is as simple as repainting the cabinets. Use a primer for a more professional finish, or sand the edges of any decorative designs in the wood first for a more rustic shabby chic feel. Some companies, such as Mr Mitre, will even cut and fit new worktops for your existing space so you aren’t required to revamp your entire workspace to update your kitchen surfaces. If all else fails, simply swap out your current kitchen handles. Another option is to add simple slip covers to your dining chairs, or use durable floor paint as opposed to an entire refinish. Bathroom Add colour and a new lease of life to a bathroom by using an array of plants in colourful pots. You can then add colour-matching blinds, towels and containers to let the theme flow through the room. If you only change one thing in your home, DIY addict Sherry Petersik claimed in an interview with the Telegraph that curtains make the most impact. “Floor length curtains, hung high and wide adds polish and finish to a room, making it look bigger.”


Changing the look of your kitchen is as simple as repainting the cabinets.

Some companies will even cut and fit new worktops for your existing space.

Pile on cushions then swap out the covers whenever you feel like an update.

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Specialists in New Build Gordon Brown has a specialist New Build legal team. We have set out below details of our discounted legal fees which apply when you instruct us through your builder. 1. Purchase

Stamp Duty - this is payable where a purchase price exceeds £125,000 and will be in accordance with the following table: Price Range

Duty

£125,001 to £250,000

2% of the total price

£250,001 to £925,000

5% of the total price

£925,001 to £ 1,500 ,000

10% of the total price

Leasehold £1,500,001 and over any Freehold or Leasehold property regardless of the Property HM Land Registry Fees A. Fees

We have agreed a fixed fee for acting in the purchase of purchase price:

12% of the total price

Price Range Fee

Legal Fees - £325.00 + VAT : SDLT Fee - £55.00 + VAT

£0 - £50,000

£40

B. Disbursements

£50,001 - £80,000

£70

£80,001 - £100,000

£120

£100,001 - £200,000

£190

£200,001 - £500,000

£270

£500,001 - £1,000,000

£540

In addition to our fees, we have set out a summary of the likely government taxes and charges that you will have to pay to others:

www.gblf.co.uk I email: newbuild@gblf.co.uk I T: 0191 388 1778


Land Registry and Pre-Completion Search Fees -

From the outset you will be assigned an experienced

Bankruptcy £2 per name OS2 £4.00

Conveyancer who will handle your case from reservation to

Bank Transfer Charges (including Vat) - £45 plus VAT

completion. You will be given the direct telephone number and email address for your Conveyancer, this will allow you

Local Government and other Search Fees

direct access to the person dealing with your file as and

(Mining/Drainage/Environmental Searches):

when you require.

These are usually in the region of £200 depending on where the property you are buying is. To enable us to carry out the searches for you, we will ask you to pay £300 on account and

All of the conveyancers in the team are friendly, approachable and have an excellent track record in customer service.

this sum will be deducted from any balance due from you upon

Our Conveyancers are office based, are available from 9am until

completion.

5pm Monday to Friday, and specialise purely in Conveyancing. We offer a dedicated service, where you come first.

2. Sale

In the majority of cases we will carry out all of the

A. Fees

Conveyancing work on your file by post, email, telephone and

We have agreed a fixed fee for acting in the Sale of any

fax saving you valuable time and avoiding the need for time

Freehold or Leasehold property regardless of the sale price:

consuming meetings with your solicitor.

Legal Fees - £325 + VAT

Your Conveyancer will liaise with the sales office, your

B. Disbursements

mortgage advisor and lender throughout, ensuring that the

In addition to our fees, we have set out below a summary of the likely government taxes and charges that you will have to

process from reservation through to completion is a smooth, fast and efficient process.

pay to others:

We will price match any cheaper newbuild quote subject to a

Bank transfer charges - £45 plus VAT

written copy of the quote being provided.

Official copies fee - £8.00 The contact details for the Conveyancing Team are as follows: Kathryn Taylor kathryn.taylor@gblf.co.uk DD: 0191 389 5172 F: 0191 389 1077

Newbuild helpline:

Joanne Moore joanne.moore@gblf.co.uk DD: 0191 389 5256 F: 0191 389 1077 Dan Hall dan.hall@gblf.co.uk

Family

0191 389 5259

DD: 0191 389 5170 F: 0191 389 1077 Danielle Pickering danielle.pickering@gblf.co.uk DD: 0191 389 5158 F: 0191 389 1077 Ross Boyle ross.boyle@gblf.co.uk DD: 0191 389 5113 F: 0191 389 1077 Our Address is 143 Front Street Chester le Street DH3 3AU.

Leasehold Property

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Finding a way onto the property ladder remains a difficult feat to achieve. For young people, raising the funds for their first deposit can often be quite a challenge. In many instances, parents step in to help their children purchase their first property, deeming their financial contribution to be part of their future inheritance anyway. While this is of course a hugely positive way to help provide for your children’s future, it is important you as parents take the correct legal steps to protect yourselves and your money – particularly where your child is purchasing with a partner - while also being as tax efficient as possible. Broadly, there are three options you could consider: Loan Agreement and Legal Charge – you could provide a loan, either with interest or interest-free, to your child and set the repayment terms as you wish. You can secure the loan by way of Legal Charge over the property, so that if the property is ever sold, your outstanding loan monies would be returned before any remaining balance is paid to your child. This means that your financial contribution would be protected in the event of your child separating from their partner, or if they died or were made bankrupt. Declaration of Trust – a document would be prepared declaring the amount of equity you have in the property, again meaning that your financial contribution would be protected in the event of your child separating from their partner, or if they died or were made bankrupt.

Flexible Discretionary Trust – funds for the purchase price would be transferred into a Trust, and the trustees would then purchase the property, or else lend your child the money so their name is on the title deeds. If you wished, you could make provision for repayments on the money, which would be paid Julie Garbutt, Sintons Law into the Trust. Similarly, the monies in the Trust would be protected from divorce, bankruptcy or death of your children, and would remain within the family. The establishment of a Trust is proving an increasingly popular option for parents when purchasing for their children – one main advantage being that, provided you outlive the creation of the Trust by seven years, the monies in it will be outside of your Estate. However, if you feel you may need access to the money you have committed to the property at some point in the future, it could be that a loan is a better option. Which option you choose is of course at the discretion of you and your circumstances, and a good private client lawyer or financial specialist will be able to help you make that decision.

Julie Garbutt is an Associate in the Personal and Family department at Newcastle law firm Sintons, and is a specialist in succession Sintons - Conveyancing Ad - 194x134 artwork.pdf 01/04/2016 16:24 planning and trusts. To speak to her,1 contact Julie on 0191 226 3131 or Julie.garbutt@sintons.co.uk

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